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International Women’s Day 2019

Today marks International Women’s Day and here at The Coniston Hotel Country Estate & Spa we’re embracing girl power and celebrating some of the fantastic women that we have working here.

Did you know that 66% of our workforce here at The Coniston are women? That’s 12% higher than the industry average. We have some incredible female leaders that head up departments across the hotel, including our Sales & Marketing Manager – Amie Capstick, our Reservations Manager – Rachael Duffy and our Head Housekeeper – Ellen Brotherton.

In addition, our top job is also held by a woman. Louise Bolton, our Managing Director, has been working at The Coniston since 1998 and has worked her way up the ranks having started out as a Trainee Receptionist. Louise was promoted to Reception Manager in 2002 and then General Manager in 2004 before becoming Managing Director in 2013.

Louise is responsible for ensuring that the Hotel’s strategic plans are delivered, while working closely with the Director’s and the senior management team to ensure that a culture of continuous improvement is maintained across the Estate. Louise is extremely passionate about constantly developing and improving all of the offers here at the Hotel, as well as celebrating the achievements of all staff.

Great customer service by a naturally friendly and well-trained team is at the core of Louise’s business philosophy, and every one of her team of managers and staff aims for 100% satisfaction of each and every guest.

There are a number of departments within the hotel that are naturally more female led, including the team at The Coniston Spa, our Housekeeping team and our Reservations team. However, even though the hospitality industry has a higher percentage of female workers, the food and drink sector – in particular kitchen teams – have always traditionally been male-dominated.


So, who’s works in our kitchens?

Our Spa brasserie, Nourish, is run by Catherine Finn. Catherine joined the team over a year ago and works closely with our Executive Chef, Simon Bolsover, to develop the menu seasonally for Nourish – ensuring that it reflects the ethos of health and wellbeing.

In our hotel kitchen, our pastry section is run by three enthusiastic women. Heather Harrison heads up our pastry department and has worked here at The Coniston for over 20 years – she’s the longest standing member of staff in our kitchen team. Rachel Taylor supports Heather with pastry and has been with us for over 7 years now.

Finally, Rebecca Hulse is a Trainee Chef working in our pastry section alongside Heather and Rachel and is a fantastic addition to the kitchen. Rebecca attends Craven College in Skipton and is currently doing Level 2 in Hospitality & Catering. Rebecca started working with us in August 2017, just after she had turned 16 years old – since then Rebecca has worked in various departments within the kitchen team before settling into the pastry section.

We had a quick chat with Rebecca to find out how she’s getting on…

“I’m really enjoying working in the pastry section – it’s definitely the area that I enjoy the most and hope to go on to specialise in. It’s been a great learning curve working at The Coniston – it’s definitely boosted my confidence as I was very nervous when I first started back in 2017. The team have been really good and have helped me develop the skills that I learn at college.”

Rebecca is extremely driven and hopes to go on to do a Patisserie course after she has completed her Level 2.